Vail Daily column: Momentum builds for Castle Peak center |

Vail Daily column: Momentum builds for Castle Peak center

As construction progresses at Castle Peak Senior Care Community, the excitement of all those who labored to create the care community is building. I want to share our progress and excitement with readers, too.

Castle Peak Senior Care Community will serve a multitude of Eagle County residents and help many stay in the community. As many as 110 people will reside at Castle Peak annually as residents in the skilled nursing, memory care unit or assisted living buildings. Others will come to Castle Peak for short-term rehabilitation.

Some people have asked how construction is going and I’m thrilled to report that everything is proceeding on schedule — and we are also on track with our budget. Before construction started, the project contractor, The Weitz Co., submitted a new bid based on a redesign, as the original construction budget had increased. The new bid was accepted well before any building began and the project has been moving forward in a timely manner since groundbreaking day. To see how things are progressing, you can watch a live video at

We anticipate the opening will be in the summer or fall of 2016. An additional $350,000 is now being sought to enhance the quality of services for residents and augment the building and surroundings, but this endeavor does not affect construction of Castle Peak Senior Care Community. Instead, extra funds will help purchase enhancements such as a handicap-accessible bus, exercise equipment for the fitness center, patio furniture and more.

Matt Scherr, of Minturn, will be the marketing coordinator for the project and can be reached at and 970-989-2500. Interviews are being conducted to identify an administrator for Castle Peak Senior Care Community. Readers may contact these staff members for more information or to reserve a place at the care community.

Some readers may want to know more about the Castle Peak interest list. The list contains names of those who want information about living options, but it is not a waiting list. Each person on the interest list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis to determine if they wish to reserve a place. A reservation list with deposits for the assisted living apartments is expected to be created, starting in January.

What are the living options that will be available?

1. Twenty assisted living rental apartments provide housing and services for those who do not require 24-hour skilled care but need 24 hour monitoring by professional caregivers.

2. Twenty-two skilled nursing private rooms offer 24-hour care provided by skilled nurses for people with chronic care conditions who cannot manage in their own homes.

3. Twelve memory care private suites encourage independence, enjoyment and opportunities for success through specialized training and individual care plans. Memory care serves people with conditions like Alzehimer’s who need a secure environment and professional caregivers on site 24 hours a day.

4. Ten short-term rehabilitation private suites offer the services of professionals to help speed recovery and restore patients’ strength and abilities.

As a member of the Castle Peak Senior Care Community board, I can also tell you I am thrilled to be working with Augustana Care, which recently won the LeadingAge award for Excellence in Not-for-Profit Leadership. This prestigious national award recognizes organizations that exemplify the seven key attributes that characterize high-performing nonprofits, according to Johns Hopkins University research.

The seven attributes include being productive, empowering, effective, enriching, reliable, responsive and caring. I want to congratulate Augustana Care on receiving this award and welcome them to Eagle County. I encourage you to do the same as you see the Castle Peak Senior Care Community taking shape at Eagle Ranch.

Dr. Larry Brooks arrived in Vail in 1977 and was a family medicine and emergency medical physician until 1980. He then worked full time in emergency medicine at Vail Valley Medical Center until his retirement in 2013.

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